So 1949 was the start of the end for this valley - as we knew it!!!
TO THE EDITOR OF THE HERALD.
Sir, There has been a great deal of controversy over the name Barren Jack. Well, I happened to be living at that place as far back as 1857 when there were in those days scores of blacks on the Murrumbidgee flats, and I became fairly well used to their language. I am to a fair extent familiar with it yet. Now the blacks' name for that place is Burreen- gic, meaning Big Fish.
I have known fish to be caught there weighing nearly 100lb. But the name has been corrupted by the white people the same as a place called "Blowering", at Tumut.,
The aboriginal name is "Bulla-roaren," meaning two standing; that is, they have seen two buckeens (Willa blackfellows) standing.
There are many other similar names, viz., Cootamundra, Adelong, Merrybindinyah, I can give the meaning of.
I am, etc.,
NICHOLAS LOCKYER POTTER. - (Ref - Canterbury. Feb. 21. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Thursday 2 March 1911).
Notice in thge back ground TALBINGO Mtn guarding the Southern end of the valley.
Hume & Hovell crossed this river about 6 miles upstream from this site.
Photo from Google Maps 2019
John Stephenson(Mobile 0431 481 451) Ex West Blowering & Tumut Resident, now living in Wollongong, NSW. Australia.